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Discover early influencers and legendary icons in music, architecture, and fashion in northwest Alabama

Set along a shallow stretch of the Tennessee River in the northwestern corner of Alabama, the communities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia are known collectively as the Shoals.

Cold Calling: 21 refreshing retreats in the South that offer a dose of nature’s air-conditioning

Can you even call yourself a Southerner if you don’t spend at least a quarter of the year griping about the heat (and don’t forget the humidity)? But during a season when the forecast seems permanently set to “scorching,” you can still find pockets of delicious coolness—and we don’t mean the blast radius around your air-conditioning vent.

Inn Spotlight: Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest, South Carolina

Checking in at Hotel Domestique in the foothills of South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is like arriving at a European country manor.

3 authentic plate lunch recipes from the heart of Cajun Country

Born in Acadiana (Louisiana’s historically French region) in the sixties, a plate lunch is a working person’s meal. Portions are large so as to keep hunger at bay until nightfall.

The Lunch Ladies of Lafayette: 3 women dishing up a true taste of Cajun Country

Their primary job is to serve the most central of daily meals: lunch. They are early risers, okra choppers, roux stirrers, crowd herders. They are keepers of their family’s long-held recipes. They bear up under pressure. They are survivors.

5 things I learned at Discovery Cove

Recently, after a particularly gloomy day of virtual school, my 11-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son were in tears. “I’m so sick of screens!” she said. “I’m sick of everything,” he said. It was all I needed to hear.

3 iconic Southern stays share recipes of their signature drinks and dishes

If you can’t visit these establishments, at least you can do the next best thing—re-create their signature drink or dish from the comfort of your home.

Mystery and Beauty: Messages from Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach

I stumbled onto Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach for the first time nearly a decade ago. This was, not coincidentally, the same week that a spider wrote me a note.

The Dwell Hotel
Marked by top-notch service and designed to the hilt, these hotels aren’t just a place to stay; they’re stylish destinations in their own right. Our top five picks—all opened within the last year—are within 330 miles of Atlanta for a chic weekend escape. Read the full list.


Georgia’s landscape has everything from the rugged Appalachians to granite monadnocks and shady creekside trails. We whittled it down to 12 great hikes, fit for an experienced backpacker, day-tripper, or even an urban crusader (two are ITP!). Discover scenic spots and find out which trail is Georgia's toughest. Get out there and hike

Discover early influencers and legendary icons in music, architecture, and fashion in northwest Alabama

Set along a shallow stretch of the Tennessee River in the northwestern corner of Alabama, the communities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia are known collectively as the Shoals.